About the Filmmakers


Michael Verde
President of Memory Bridge: The Foundation for Alzheimer’s and Cultural Memory

Michael Verde grew up in east Texas. In 1985, he won first prize in Guideposts magazine’s National Youth Writing Contest with a story about his grandfather, who at the time had not been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He graduated with honors from the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas. He has a M.A. in literary studies from the University of Iowa, and a M.A. in theology from the University of Durham, England, graduating first in his international class. His short story, “Weasel Loves,” which explores the intractability of love and memory, was published in the nationally award-winning short story anthology, Texas Short Stories. His story was recognized in the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning Herald, and the San Antonio Times as one of the best in the collection. In November 2007, Purdue University Press will publish his article, “Over and Under and Back From Whence You Came” in Illness in the Academy: A Collection of Pathographies by Academics.


Ted Kay

For more than three decades, Ted Kay has enjoyed success leading video and music production creative teams as an executive producer. A graduate of Northwestern University, Ted began his professional career at WGN Continental Broadcasting Company. Ted won two 1994-1995 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards for the internationally acclaimed documentary Choosing One’s Way: Resistance in Auschwitz, hosted by Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn. In June 2000, the Oprah Winfrey Show featured another TMK documentary, Outside In, which examines little understood facts about adults with Attention Deficit Disorder.